Category Archives: RIP

Jafar Panahi Remembers Abbas Kiarostami

Jafar Panahi, the talented and persecuted Iranian filmmaker, is – as everyone knows – banned from making films (he’s made 3 since the sentence came down), banned from traveling, and forbidden from speaking to foreigners or giving interviews (he continues … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Abbas Kiarostami

Iconic Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has died at the age of 76, causing shock waves to erupt through the film world, his fans, and the critics who loved him. If you’ve seen just one of his films, you will know … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Scotty Moore

Elvis’ first guitarist, who played on all of those tracks at Sun, and then moving on to RCA with Elvis, and then moving on to Hollywood with him (Elvis was loyal), has died at the age of 84. Here is … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Michael Herr

War journalist and screenwriter Michael Herr has died at the age of 76. His Dispatches, the classic of war journalism and so influential you can’t even measure it, is on most Best Nonfiction Books of All Time worth their salt. … Continue reading

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“What kind of a filmmaker would this actor, both gentle-hearted and fiery, have made?” – Stephanie Zacharek on Anton Yelchin

Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin, in Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive” I often look to Stephanie Zacharek to hear her take on things. Get her perspective. I’ve been reading her since her days as a music journalist for Boston’s alternative … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Anton Yelchin

Terrible. So senseless. He must have felt so desperate and afraid and alone. I can’t stop thinking about that aspect of it. Tragedy. My condolences go to his friends and family, who must be reeling in shock right now. His … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Chips Moman

Elvis Presley and producer Chips Moman, American Sound Studio, Memphis, 1969 RIP to the great music producer, songwriter, and studio owner Chips Moman, who was an essential and crucial part of the thrilling warp-and-weft of the Memphis music scene in … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Muhammad Ali: contributor tribute

First off, my friend Odie wrote his tribute to Ali through tears. Secondly: the writers at, including myself, contributed tributes. You can read them all here.

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R.I.P. Muhammad Ali

“I’ve wrestled with alligators. I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning and thrown thunder in jail. You know I’m bad. Just last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean, I make … Continue reading

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Syncopated Ladies: Tap-Dancing Tribute to Prince

The Syncopated Ladies are a tap-dancing group based in Los Angeles, headed up by Chloe Arnold (she and her sister Maud were both featured in the wonderful documentary Tap World). They have a Facebook group where you can see their … Continue reading

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